plummy

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adjective plum·my \ˈplə-mē\

Definition of plummy

plummier

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plummiest

  1. 1a :  full of plums a rich plummy cakeb :  choice, desirable got a plummy role in the movie

  2. 2a :  having a plum colorb :  rich and mellow often to the point of affectation a plummy singing voice

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Examples of plummy in a sentence

  1. the wine's ripe, plummy flavors

Did You Know?

During the 18th century the word plum became a delectable ingredient in the English language. The word for the sweet, juicy fruit denoted such things as a fortune of 100,000 pounds, a rich person, and, by the early 19th century, anything desirable. "Plummy" blossomed in the mid-18th century with the meaning "full of plums" and had branched out as an adjective for desirable things by the century's end. By the late 19th century it was being used to describe rich, mellow voices. The sweetness of the word did eventually sour, however, when people began to use it to describe stilted or affected speech, as in "the teacher used a plummy voice when he talked to the students' parents."

1724

First Known Use of plummy

1724


PLUMMY Defined for English Language Learners

plummy

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adjective plum·my \ˈplə-mē\

Definition of plummy for English Language Learners

  • : like a plum in color, taste, or smell

  • of a person's voice : full and formal often in a way that sounds too proper and not natural

  • : wanted by many people : very good and desirable

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